SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There were only six scores last night, but there were several near misses. Tonight will be different. There are a lot of great matchups tonight, and the riders should bounce back from last night’s debacle.
Round 2 Matchups:
Eduardo Aparecido on 56Z Lifting Lives:
Aparecido has been on this bull before, and didn’t get the job done. To be fair, Lifting Lives has only been ridden once in 31 career outs. He can have a lot of forward movement, and he has genuine difficulty. Aparecido will have a tough time here.
Cooper Davis on 37Z Udder Lover:
Davis scored 88.5 points on this bull in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he had a pretty easy time doing it. Udder Lover has a very respectable buckoff record, but Davis was in control of him the entire ride. Expect the current World Champ to get a score in this round.
Derek Kolbaba on 215 Roll of the Dice:
If Kolbaba were actually rolling dice instead of attempting to ride this bull, his odds of failure would be lower. Roll of the Dice has been to four Built Ford Tough Series events, and he’s been ridden four times. He goes to the right, but if Kolbaba can make one round on him, it’s over. The rest of the ride will be easy.
Guilherme Marchi on 11 Banjo:
We’ve seen this bull a few times on tour and no one has ridden him yet, but Marchi may be the right guy. Banjo should spin to the right, and he’s a pretty chunky bull who likes to throw his weight around. This makes him a little rougher to ride than just a nice spinner, but Marchi’s strength is powering through whatever rough stuff a bull throws at him.
J.B. Mauney on S232 Red Rocket:
Mauney scored 86.75 points on this bull at Iron Cowboy in Arlington, Texas. Red Rocket likes to go to the right, but other than that, there’s nothing about him that should give Mauney much trouble.
Fabiano Vieira on 157 Legacy:
Vieira may be a little sore after a big wreck last night, but this draw will make him feel better. Legacy is very nice to ride, especially for left-handed riders, and Vieira should pick up a relatively easy score here.
Troy Wilkinson on 901 Sam:
Wilkinson’s numbers aren’t that great, but he’s come up big a couple of times. He’s one of the guys who got a score last night, and this bull should spin into his hand and fit him very well. Wilkinson has a low riding percentage, but that can be improved, and the first step is to make the most out of the best opportunities that come along. This is one of those opportunities, and a second straight score would be big for Wilkinson.
Ryan Dirteater on Z7 Sketchy Bob:
Sketchy Bob is the best draw in all of bull riding because they ride him 70% of the time at this level, and they are usually right around 87 points when they do. Bob is a quality bull, and outside the BFTS he’s 10-3. He’s a real challenge for all but the best riders, and he bucks hard with everyone. He’s a lot nicer to right-handed riders, so Dirteater will have to work here, but there is no way to complain about the draw. Most bull riders wish every bull were like this one.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 913 Big Benny:
Vieira had this bull last year and bucked off. At the time, I probably predicted he would ride him, and I’ll go with that again here. Despite the fact that he’s been ridden more often by right-handed riders, Big Benny likes to go to the left, and he should be a good fit for Vieira, who won the opening round here.
Emilio Resende on 902 Lil’ Z:
This is a good draw for right-handed riders, and Resende has ridden him before - way back in 2014. Lil’ Z loves to go to the right, and he has world-class speed and not much else. He focuses on going fast, and doesn’t have a lot of up and down, drop or kick. The trick with a speed focused bull is just never getting behind. If Resende can keep up he will be fine here.
Dakota Buttar on 211 Red Fury:
Buttar split second place in the round last night, and he’s probably going to get another score here. Red Fury has trouble throwing anyone off, and he’s 0-4 in his young career. He likes to spin to the right, and if he does the same here he’ll be 0-5 after tonight.
15/15 Bucking Battle:
Dener Barbosa on 44W Stone Sober:
Barbosa is 1-for-2 on Stone Sober, but this bull always has the odds in his favor. He’s 85-4 in his career for a reason, and the reason is that his 0-60 time is world class. He really explodes out of the chute. He’s a little touchy in the chute too, and the Brazilian slow and methodical chute procedure may not be the best approach to getting out clean on him. The odds of a chute foul and re-ride option are actually higher than the odds of a qualified ride here.
Silvano Alves on 135 Hey Jack:
Hey Jack is now 15-0 at the BFTS level. He looks like a bull the riders ought to figure out at some point, but we haven’t reached that point yet. Few guys have hung with him past the 4-second mark. Someone will figure him out, but it will take someone who has their mental game right, and I don’t know if Alves is that guy at the moment. He seems to be interested in only the low hanging fruit, and in this matchup the fruit is pretty far up the tree.
Joao Ricardo Vieira on 001 Smooth Operator:
Smooth Operator goes to the right, and he’s a very hard bull to take on away from your hand. On his best day he’s close to impossible for any lefty to ride no matter how good they are at riding bulls away from their hand. The margin for error is so slim and the likelihood of a slight error so high in that scenario that a rider would have to get lucky in some way to even make it into the spin.
Ryan Dirteater on 1149 Pearl Harbor:
Dirteater is 0-for-2 on Pearl Harbor, but that’s not unusual. This is the best bull going right now, and he gets the best of most guys. Pearl Harbor doesn’t have any tricks, he just overpowers riders. He has the highest average bull score in the World Champion Bull race, and 2016 World Champion SweetPro’s Bruiser has only managed to tie him at one event this season.
J.B. Mauney on 206 Burn it Down:
Guilherme Marchi rode this bull in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last year, and he’s the only guy to do so. Cooper Davis, Silvano Alves, Jess Lockwood, Joao Vieira and Fabiano Vieira all have tried and failed. Mauney is hard to get on the ground, but the odds have to be against him here.
Stormy Wing on W37 Cochise:
For a while, Cochise was one of the more feared short round caliber bulls, but that may be changing. Derek Kolbaba rode him in Little Rock, Arkansas, and then Ryan Dirteater took him 7.1 seconds in Albuquerque. Wing’s only weakness as a rider is that he makes too big a move sometimes, and that kind of all out style should work well on this bull. This could be the round win with some help from the other riders.
Marco Eguchi on 57Z Jack Shot:
This is another matchup that could win the round if the riders with better bulls buck off. Jack Shot is a lot like Cochise, except he goes all out to the right instead of the left. If both Eguchi and Wing make the whistle, Wing may come out with a slightly higher score, but both matchups are very similar.
Cooper Davis on 927 Air Time:
Davis got on Air Time at J.W. Hart’s event in Decatur, Texas, last year, and like everyone else, he bucked off. Although Air Time has struggled at times outscoring other bulls, he doesn’t have a problem getting rid of bull riders. He’s unridden since Renato Nunes scored 92.5 points on him in March of 2014. That’s three full years and 28 straight BFTS outs without a qualified ride.
Mason Lowe on 209 Bad Beagle:
This is an up and coming bull, and the best comparison for him is that he’s like Smooth Operator and Cooper Tires Brown Sugar in that he likes to throw a fake to the left before coming around to the right. Lowe is one of only two guys who has ridden Smooth Operator, and he’s ridden Brown Sugar before as well, so he should be the right guy to get the job done on this bull.
Rubens Barbosa on 045 Seven Dust:
This is another matchup that has big score potential. Seven Dust is a big scary bull, but the one guy who has ridden him is Lachlan Richardson. Barbosa has a lot in common with Richardson - they are both right-handed riders who rely on exceptional balance to make up for fundamental flaws in their riding style. The best advice for how to ride Seven Dust may be to just keep your eyes and your hand closed, and Barbosa may be the guy who can pull it off.
Derek Kolbaba on 32Y SweetPro’s Bruiser:
Bruiser has the most performance you can pack into a bull and keep him rideable. Kolbaba knows this well because he scored 92 points on Bruiser earlier this year. This doesn’t mean he has Bruiser figured out, it just means he did everything right that day. If he can avoid mistakes here he may do it again.
Kaique Pacheco on -147 TLW’s Big Cat:
This is a big, old school bull with real power, but Pacheco may be the perfect match for him. Big Cat likes to go to the right, but he’s a heavy load. Pacheco is right-handed, and he’s fundamentally sound. He’s also one of the best at handling adversity, and he will face it here. At some point this bull will unseat him and he will have to recover.
Chase Outlaw on 222 Mystikal:
This bull is a puzzle that has yet to be solved. He’s 9-0 at the BFTS level, and 19-0 overall. J.B. Mauney and Jess Lockwood stayed on him the longest, and they are both left-handed, so Outlaw has a shot here, but he will have to slay the dragon here.
Jess Lockwood on 223 BC Circular Insanity:
This is the safest bet in the round for a qualified ride, because Lockwood rode this bull in Sacramento, California, for 90 points. Circular Insanity isn’t a day off, and he won’t outscore many of the other bulls in this round, but the odds have to be in Lockwood’s favor here.
Eduardo Aparecido on 806 Speed Demon:
This is a rematch from Albuquerque, where Aparecido scored 91.25 points on this bull. There’s a very good chance he’ll get it done again, but his odds aren’t as good as Lockwood’s because this bull is just harder to ride in every way.
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